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Ending Police Violence and Ensuring Accountability

Systemic policing reform is long overdue

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Eric Garner, and so many others should be alive today. Instead, their tragic deaths are painful reminders that the systems we’re meant to rely on for safety and justice weren’t designed to protect us all. The dehumanization and criminalization of Black people and the use of unnecessary and excessive police force are legacies of slavery and white supremacy, which continue to traumatize communities of color and fuel the uniquely American crisis of mass incarceration. Systemic policing reform is long overdue.

To explore the cost of policing at the local level, Vera compiled data from the fiscal year 2020 adopted budgets of 72 of the biggest cities across the United States.
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This brief captures some of the most notable budget and policy changes since protests began in late May.
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Explore our Arrest Trends data tool to learn about the problem of overpolicing and over-enforcement, especially in Black communities.
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  • The police arrest someone every

    3 seconds

    in America.

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  • Police kill Black people



    the rate of white people.

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  • The police have

    shot and killed


    Black people

    since 2015.

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  • Black people make up about


    of the population but over


    of all arrests.

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Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, Jamila Hodge, director of Vera's Reshaping Prosecution Program, speaks with CBS News about the need for systemic reform of America's justice system.